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Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Muffins, pancakes and chutney!


We had a long weekend over here this weekend with Friday being a public holiday. The thing with long weekends is that I take 2 days to get back on track afterwards! I spent most of my Friday baking and cooking, of course! Then on Saturday, I went to the cinema to watch Narnia - Prince Caspian. I love going to the cinema! And the movie was good. I loved the first Narnia and the second is worth watching as well.

Now, let’s go back to the goodies I baked and cooked on Friday.
Thank you for all your suggestions about the apples, they were really great! I made
fat-free apple and banana muffins, pancakes, apple and carrot chutney and apple sauce (that I used in the muffins).
I searched the internet for recipes and then just cooked out of my head (like I always do!) except for the apple and banana muffins. I just followed the recipe pretty much as it was.

I’ll start with the fat-free apple and banana muffins.
It’s the first time I tried fat-free muffins and they were nicer than what I expected they would be! They were spongy and moist.

The only change I made to the muffins was that I added some almond pulp to the dough. Almond pulp is the left over that I keep from making almond milk at home. I usually keep the pulp as I think they still contain quite some nutrients and fiber and I don’t like wasting them away. I also used only one banana as I only had one left. And as I was using only one banana, I decided to use apple sauce instead of juice. I made the apple sauce by pureeing some of the pre-cooked apples with a little water in a blender.



The pancakes.
I did not look for any particular recipe for the pancakes. I just used my own basic vegan pancake recipe to which I added the pre-cooked apples. One thing that I should have added to the batter and I only realised this afterward, is some coconut milk powder. It makes a softer pancake.

If you want the recipe, here it goes:

Ingredients (5 pancakes)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or any that you prefer)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons coconut milk powder
1 cup pre-cooked apples
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using a whisk or fork or in a blender except for the apples.
  • Stir in the apples.
  • (I don't use any oil for frying the pancakes. I use a non-stick pancake/frying pan.)
  • Scoop mixture using a large round spoon. Shape the batter on the pan toobtain a nice round pancake.
  • Cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until bubbles start to form and the bottom is stiff enough to turn over without risk of tearing.
  • Cook until other side is done.
  • Remove and stack them on top of one another to keep them soft.

For myself I made twice the amount in the recipe and ate 3 while I was cooking them! I shared the rest of course!



And finally the Apple and Carrot Chutney.
I went through several recipes online and I did not quite have all ingredients that they were calling for. So I just made up my own recipe and hoped for the best! And it was nice! The proof is half of it is already gone since Friday. That’s nearly 2 cups of chutney!

Ingredients (for about 3 standard jam pots of 340g each)

2 cups pre-cooked apples (or about 3 cups of raw peeled and chopped apples)
1 medium grated carrot
1 onion, finely chopped*
2 cups brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
5-6 cloves
2 star aniseeds
2 teaspoons whole mustard seeds
1 cup spirit vinegar (it’s the only one I had. Other recipes have called for rice vinegar, pure cane vinegar or malt vinegar)
½ cup raisins (mixture of golden and black raisins)
1-2 dried chilies to taste (I used green chilies as I did not have any dried ones. I think dried chilies will allow the chutney to preserve for longer)

*Ooops! I just realised I also had 1 onion in the chutney.
  • Mix everything in a sauce pan and cook on low heat for at least 2 hours or until liquid has reduced.
  • Let cool and store in jars.
  • Refrigerate to keep for longer.

This apple chutney tasted very much like the sweet and sour sauces I usually add to stir fries. Next time I make a stir fry I’m going to add some of this chutney instead! That sounds good! Yum!


  1. Man, those waffle look amazing! I wish mine looked that perfect =)

    You should try the fat-free Cattor Cake Muffins from Happy Herbivore...they are to DIE FOR!!!

  2. Apple and Carrot chutney with star anise! Brilliant! I vote for you to have EVERY friday off so that you can keep making uber inspiring dishes!

  3. Mmm.. pancakes are my favorite food group! Hehe!

  4. I'm not lying when I say those are the most perfect pancakes I've ever seen. Nice job!

  5. shelby: I've had a look at the Carrot cupcakes! They do sound great! With the icing they'll be even better! Thanks for this. I'll try them!

    vegancowgirl: Star anise really brings out more fragance to the chutney!

    lauren: and yes they are so quick and easy to make too!

    jennycestcake: well my first 2 pancakes of the batch were a bit amoeba-shaped and slightly toasted! It's always like this whenever I make pancakes until I get the pan at the right temperature.

  6. Oh man those pancakes look so good! What a genius idea to add cooked apples to the pancakes! Genius!!

  7. Everything looks absolutely mouth-watering! That chutney sounds divine!

  8. Thanks for the nice ideas! In winter, the guy at the farmer's market I go to only has kale and bad looking apples, so it's nice to get some ideas to use the apples!

  9. Hi
    Nice blog. Where do you get your Coconut Milk Powder from please as the only brand I can get isn't vegan.

  10. jeni treehugger, I get coconut milk powder in my local supermarket over here in Mauritius. They are in the baking section next to canned coconut milk. I am not too sure where you would find them in Spain. Do you have any Asian or Thai shops over there? Or maybe Health shops?

  11. Hi! Thanks for linking to my recipe for apple banana muffins! Your photos are so beautiful - I'd love to republish them on my site, with credit and a link back to your site, of course. Let me know if you'd like to share! Thanks - Jolinda at

  12. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा2 December 2010 at 03:03

    Been a while since I've had vegan pancakes. Those look marvelous :-)


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